Willow Resources Institute (WRI) is an education center that is devoted to helping people to live creative potential. Our programs are designed for practitioners who work with people to create personal and community wellbeing. WRI is located in Tarrytown, NY in the United States.
Day Piercy created WRI in 2006 after a decade of work to develop tools and training for creating personal, organizational and social change, and life coaching programs to live creative potential. Piercy’s study of nature’s way of creating and her three decades of work in the nonprofit sector, in public policy and personal and career development is the foundation for WRI programs. Her diverse experience as a nonprofit executive, public policy and organizational development consultant, trainer, strategic planning facilitator, advocate, organizer and life coach is the laboratory for WRI program design and development.
Piercy’s leadership in the working women’s movement in the 1970s and 1980s as founder and executive director of Women Employed, an advocacy organization for women’s economic advancement was a major influence on her life and work. She also is one of the founders of the Women’s Self-Employment Project, a micro-enterprise development organization and early in her career, she managed Youth Creates, a YWCA youth entrepreneurship program.
The WRI name and logo draw from the willow tree whose deep roots, strength, flexibility and nature connection represent a vision and guide for WRI’s work to build a NEW society that nurtures everyone’s wellbeing in a sustainable future. .
Founded in 2006, WRI’s development was delayed for six years as Piercy devoted her life to family caregiving and then to restoring her own health after the deaths of her father, mother, brother and son-in-law. In opening the WRI office in Tarrytown, New York, a small town on the Hudson River she follows the business legacy of her grandfather who owned and operated Browning McReynolds, the general store in Lewisburg and in Quality, Kentucky where she spent many summers as a child.
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